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Saturday 3 May VenueTimePrice
Chris Meehan & his Redneck Friends
Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends is the perfect festival band embracing many forms of music, including Cajun, Western Swing and a large helping of rocknroll. The line-up reads like an Irish Music hall of fame. The line-up consists of Chris Meehan, Bobby Kelly, Eamon Murray, Brian Harris, Francie Lenehan, Percy Robinson, Matt Cranitch, Gerry OConnor, Ronnie OFlynn, Mick OConnor plus guests.
The Purty Loft, Dun Laoghaire (01) 284 35769.45 start€35 Meal + show (€15 Show only)
Sunday 4 May VenueTimePrice
Kan is a unique melding of the bold and beautiful flute virtuosity of Brian Finnegan with the expressive and daring fiddle deftness of Aidan O’Rourke cemented by the organic and intuitive drumming of Harrogate’s James Goodwin and the unfettered, playful guitar reinventions of Ian Stephenson. Between them they’ve recorded and performed with the likes of Kate Rusby, Cara Dillon, BBC Philharmonic, Blazin’ Fiddles, Eddi Reader, Justin Currie, Roddy Woomble, Baltic Crossing, Adem, Sting, OMD, Jack Bruce etc.
Whelans Main Stage, Wexford St. Dublin.28.30 start.€16.50 (€15)
Thursday 8 May VenueTimePrice
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West
This concert originally advertised for Whelans. When Tim O'Brien told the world that he believed this duo were making "music that the world needs," it made many sit up and pay attention. Now Tim is producing Cahalen and Eli's latest album which they will be promoting on this tour. The last release, Our Lady of The Tall Trees attracted much praise and ended up at the Number 3 slot on the Americana UK Top Ten releases of 2012 list. Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice & Paul Kowert will open the show.
Dublin Conservative Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2.9pm start€15
Friday 16 May VenueTimePrice
Kevin Montgomery and Clive Barnes
How's this for pedigree? Outstanding Nashville singer-songwriter Montgomery (whose Mum sang with Elvis Presley and Dad co-wrote "Wishing" with Buddy Holly). "Expect hugely enjoyable country infused rock delivered with style and aplomb". London Time Out. Joined for his Irish tour by Clive Barnes - One thinks perhaps of Ry Cooder, of J.J. Cale, of Kelly Joe Phelps, of old blues, jazz and bluegrass players but Clive is from deep south Enniscorthy.
Dublin Conservative Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2.9pm start€15 (€13)
Sunday 25 May VenueTimePrice
No Crows
The eclecticism and sheer joy of NoCrows music is a real pleasure whether live or recorded. This concert will launch NoCrows fourth CD “Waiting for the Tide” with an exciting mix of songs and brand new original tunes. Eddie Lee(Bass), Felip Carbonell(Guitar), Anna Houston(Cellist/mandolin), Oleg Ponomarev(Fiddle), Ray Coen(Guitar/Vocals), Steve Wickham(Fiddle/Vocals)
Whelans Main Stage, Wexford St. Dublin.29pm start€16.50 (€15)
Sunday 20 Jul VenueTimePrice
Chris Meehan & his Redneck Friends
Closing concert for the Carrick Water Music Festival. All details on Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends is the perfect festival band embracing many forms of music, including Cajun, Western Swing and a large helping of rocknroll.
Carrick Water Music Festival.9pm €tbc
Saturday 9 Aug VenueTimePrice
Tangled Roots
Eleanor Shanley, Frankie Lane, Paul Kelly, Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan. The name sits perfectly as this line-up mesh together an eclectic mix of roots, folk and traditional music from around the world. With a wonderful selection of songs by composers such as Marty Robbins, Tom Paxton, Jesse Winchester, Tommy Scott, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, Stephen Foster, Chuck Berry, Stocktons Wing, Woody Guthrie etc. combined with their own arrangements of great traditional tunes is realy is a feast of folk music.
The River Room, Louisburgh. Mayo.9pm €15
Sunday 7 Sep VenueTimePrice
Kieran Halpin
A resident of Scotland now for many years, this is a welcome home visit from a prolific songwriter with over 20 albums to his name. "A work of vision and astonishing maturity, this album reveals Kieran to be one of the country's finest songwriters. A personal triumph for him, it's the songs and voice that feature most prominently after repeated playings." - Hotpress
Whelans Upstairs8.30 start€15 (€13)
Wednesday 22 Oct VenueTimePrice
Greg Trooper
First visit in several years having first come to these shores thanks to Larry Roddy. No suprise that artists from Steve Earle to Billy Bragg are Trooper fans. Trooper excels at character studies, painting wonderful portraits of people living through good times and bad times. His matter-of-fact deliver – as both a singer and a songwriter – bring a sense of realism to the tales that he tells. Country, Folk and indie all in the mix.
Whelans Upstairs,Wexford St. Dublin.2. 8.30 start.€15 (€13)